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Historic building which is pretty neat. Nice staff. Price is a little high for what you get. But then again it is in season

Location and friendly staff .room was clean but older

Old building with character. Photos and stories of early Seward line the corridor walls. Was handy for restaurants, businesses, and shore line on the south side of town. Across the street were free city bus rides to the north side of town about a mile away to catch Alaska RR and boat tours. Bus ran every half hour (I think) during the day.

the room was clean and everything worked, but there were holes in the wall and paint was chipped and fading. There are not too many low price options in Seward. I would recommend the hotel to a friend only if they were budget minded.

Even though Kevin was helpful, (upgraded our room, offered coupons, very friendly) I cannot recommend the hotel. It was old, in disrepair, and smelled.

Great location and an historical building filled with lots of local history. Unfortunately, it is suffering form lack of upkeep.

The staff were way beyond anything we've ever experienced at any hotel. Personal, friendly, helpful, above & beyond in every way. 11 out of 10 points.

We needed a last minute hotel and got just that. The rooms aren't big, ours had a private bath but the other rooms had shared baths in the hallway. Late at night I could hear people out of the window but all-in-all it was clean, a little dated and run down, but a good place.

This is a beautiful hotel, it's not the Hilton, it's better, it's not fancy but it has the historical feel, literally feels like your staying in a 5 star hotel back in time!

Alaska is interesting because of the natural beauty, but also because of its history as the last frontier. It's amazing to thing of who passed through the same spot previously. I felt more connected to this history at the Van Gilder. It's not a corporate luxury-imitation. It really feels historic. The manager even gave us an original register from the hotel from one week shy of 87 years ago (that little gift made me feel pretty special). The times, our circumstances and especially the glacial landscape have changed dramatically in that time. It causes me to reflect on whether I will be remembered as just a name on a paper in 87 more years.

Adams Street Seward AK

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Concierge services

Alaska SeaLife Center is within a 5-minute walk of Van Gilder Hotel while other popular sites like Seward Boat Harbor are within a mile (2 km). This 24-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and concierge services.


Rooms

Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Rooms also include free toiletries. Bathrooms are shared.


Property features

Van Gilder Hotel features free WiFi in public areas and express check-out. There's free parking and a free area shuttle. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.

Room options

Classic Room, 1 Queen Bed

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

1 Queen - Shared Bath

1 Queen Bed | Sleeps 2

Queen with Murphy (Twin)

1 Queen Bed and 1 Twin Murphy Bed | Sleeps 4

Queen Bed and 2 Twin Beds

1 Queen Bed and 2 Large Twin Beds | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Van Gilder Hotel

Everyone (7) Couples (1) Family (2)
3
Family

Historic building which is pretty neat. Nice staff. Price is a little high for what you get. But then again it is in season

By on Aug 22, 2019

Review comment responded on Sep 2, 2019

Thank you for your feedback! Seward is a popular tourist destination during the summer and the prices of our hotel are moderate compared to other accommodations in town.

4
Family

Location and friendly staff .room was clean but older

By on Jun 16, 2019

Review comment responded on Jul 14, 2019

Thank you for your review and for staying with us!

4

seward alaska heritage hotel

Everyone

Old building with character. Photos and stories of early Seward line the corridor walls. Was handy for restaurants, businesses, and shore line on the south side of town. Across the street were free city bus rides to the north side of town about a mile away to catch Alaska RR and boat tours. Bus ran every half hour (I think) during the day.

By , from Kansas on Aug 28, 2018

3
Everyone

the room was clean and everything worked, but there were holes in the wall and paint was chipped and fading. There are not too many low price options in Seward. I would recommend the hotel to a friend only if they were budget minded.

By on Aug 22, 2018

2
Couples

Even though Kevin was helpful, (upgraded our room, offered coupons, very friendly) I cannot recommend the hotel. It was old, in disrepair, and smelled.

By on Jun 28, 2018

3

historically challenged

Everyone

Great location and an historical building filled with lots of local history. Unfortunately, it is suffering form lack of upkeep.

By , from Tallahassee, FL on Aug 2, 2017

Review comment responded on Aug 5, 2017

I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your stay, we will be doing maintenance on the building once the season is over. As far as vacuuming goes, the hallways, rooms, stairs and lobby are all vacuumed every day.

5
Everyone

The staff were way beyond anything we've ever experienced at any hotel. Personal, friendly, helpful, above & beyond in every way. 11 out of 10 points.

By on Jul 10, 2017

4

very close to bars and restaurants

Everyone

We needed a last minute hotel and got just that. The rooms aren't big, ours had a private bath but the other rooms had shared baths in the hallway. Late at night I could hear people out of the window but all-in-all it was clean, a little dated and run down, but a good place.

By , from new york on Jul 31, 2016

5

excellent historic hotel with amazing views

Everyone

This is a beautiful hotel, it's not the Hilton, it's better, it's not fancy but it has the historical feel, literally feels like your staying in a 5 star hotel back in time!

By , from AZ on Jun 12, 2016

4

history adds to the alaskan experience

Everyone

Alaska is interesting because of the natural beauty, but also because of its history as the last frontier. It's amazing to thing of who passed through the same spot previously. I felt more connected to this history at the Van Gilder. It's not a corporate luxury-imitation. It really feels historic. The manager even gave us an original register from the hotel from one week shy of 87 years ago (that little gift made me feel pretty special). The times, our circumstances and especially the glacial landscape have changed dramatically in that time. It causes me to reflect on whether I will be remembered as just a name on a paper in 87 more years.

By , from Las Vegas on Jun 5, 2016

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